October 14, 2013

Gate teaser...

A detail of the sanmon ("mountain gate", the traditional entrance to a Zen monastery) under construction at Korinji.  The gate is being constructed largely from timbers harvested on our land. When completed it will stand above the stone steps which lead up to our buildings. 

Large, illustrious monasteries often have large, illustrious gates.  In former centuries these could serve to display a temple's status and position: the larger the gate, the more important the place. 

This gate, however, is small, rustic, hidden and poor...as befits a monastery of those qualities.  Our primary concern, after all, is with a different "gate"...  

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